The filmmaker features her transgender dad, and seeks out other kids of LGBT parents to show what it's like to grow up a bit different.
Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck hailed from a conservative Midwestern town where everyone knew everyone else’s business. But she thought she had a secret: her dad was transgender.
Project Dad (working title) follows Sharon’s quest to understand her LGBT family through a two-way dialogue with her dad. Funny, poignant, and above all real, the film uses a mix of verité and interview footage shot by the filmmaker, and point-of-view flip-cam footage shot by her subjects, to answer the question, “What is a healthy family?” Springing from her experiences growing up in a supportive family surrounded by outside misunderstanding, the filmmaker seeks out other children of LGBT families, expectant LGBT parents, family law experts, and politicians from both sides of the fence, to craft a film that is national in scope, and centered on hope and redemption.
Project Dad, produced by Sharon Shattuck and Brooke Brewer, is a Co-Production of Wicked Delicate Films (co-creators of King Corn; The City Dark). Filmed in full HD with a rustic, cinematic soundtrack by musician Chris Bathgate, and featuring intricate painted animations, Project Dad invites a broad audience to experience what it’s like to grow up a little bit different, and to see what a joy that difference can be.
This project is in the production phase. We've spent our time so far with Sharon's dad, in her Midwestern home town. We took some of this footage and published an Op Ed and video for the New York Times in April 2012, called 'Name Change,' which has garnered a lot of support and interest online.
Now, with your help, we plan to build the film's narrative into a layered, multi-person story, by adding interviews with key politicians, LGBT family rights experts and spokespeople, and members of other LGBT families across the country. We will also be providing flip cameras to main characters in the film, to allow us to see the world through their eyes--this footage will be woven throughout the final film.
Your donation will help us to travel to and interview key people, and to begin to assemble those interviews into a feature-length documentary film.
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It's almost father's day and we're celebrating "all" father's, Project Dad style. Donate in your dad's or loved one's name. They'll get the Project Dad swag and we'll give you this e-card to send them.
We truly can't thank you enough for your support.
Project Dad is directed by Sharon Shattuck, and produced by Sharon and Brooke Brewer. It's a Co-Production of Wicked Delicate Films.
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May 31, 2012 - Jun 30, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Pledge $1 or more to be added to our Project Dad mailing list! You'll be up to speed with production, and will be treated to behind-the-scenes clips, photos, and blogs.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Pledge $25 or more and get an access code to digitally stream the finished film online, and your name in the "Special Thanks" section of the film's credits. And thank you!Estimated delivery: Jan 2014
Pledge $50 or more
Pledge $50 or more and get a DVD of the finished film, a "Special Thanks" credit, and a postcard.Estimated delivery: Jan 2014
Pledge $55 or more
For the musically-inclined, donate $55 and get musician (and our composer!) Chris Bathgate's stunningly beautiful fourth album, Salt Year; a digital download of the finished film; and a special thanks in the film's credits.Estimated delivery: Jan 2014
Pledge $70 or more
Pledge $70 or more and you'll get the "Special Thanks" credit, a DVD of the finished film, a postcard, and a supercool canvas tote bag (please specify whether you'd like the 'snowflake' or 'camera' design).Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $100 or more
If you donate $100 or more, we will give you a "Special Thanks" credit, a DVD of the finished film, a postcard, a tote bag (choose the snowflake or camera design), and a copy of Sharon's 30-minute film about beneficial parasites and the people who love them, 'Parasites: A User's Guide' (2010).Estimated delivery: Jan 2014
Pledge $900 or more
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Pledge $900 and receive a mid-sized painting donated by Trisha Shattuck, the "dad" behind Project Dad. Each painting is oil on canvas, and features bright, vivid colors in Trish's abstract expressionist style.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,500 or more
Hello, Associate Producer! Besides this prestigious IMDB credit, we'll give you an oil painting by Trisha, a short stack of DVDs of the finished film, two tote bags, and a high-quality signed film poster.Estimated delivery: Jan 2014
Pledge $10,000 or more
If you have ever dreamed of being an Executive Producer for a film project, you just made that dream come true--thank you. We greatly appreciate your generosity, and will credit you prominently in the finished film, as well as on IMDb, and will let you choose a painting by Trisha from her website, as well as a stack of all the DVDs, tote bags, and posters you want. You also get our most coveted prize: a screening of the film at your gala event. Filmmakers will attend, as well as some characters, and LGBT rights spokespeople (who is able to attend depends on where you're based).Estimated delivery: Jan 2014